Germain Clement, 1837
From the Star, May 11, 1837.
We understand that a Frenchman, named Germain Clément, who, about five years ago, was imprisoned in our jail during a period of five months, for smuggling, has recently been presented with a magnificent Gold Medal, by His Majesty Louis Philippe, for having saved the lives of nine Englishmen, during the late boisterous weather, at Omonville, near Cherbourg; these, added to those he had previously rescued from a watery grave, amount altogether to sixty, and upwards! The individual in question is about sixty years of age and receives a pension from the French Government. On Sunday last he appeared in our town decorated with the trophy of his valour.